Recipe for Change: Food Systems, Food Justice and COVID-19

2020, Climate + Environment, Equity + Justice, Series Distant Not Disengaged

Panic shopping. Vegetable gardens. Empty aisles. Recipes passed down across generations. Rotting crops. Food deserts. Supply chain shortages. Care packages and grocery deliveries.

Food is central to our lives, yet access to the food you want is wildly varied depending on your neighbourhood, your income level, your cultural identities and other factors. Why doesn’t everyone have enough to eat? Why is access to food so different across different neighbourhoods, cities and populations? What have we learned about food security in Metro Vancouver throughout COVID-19? And what community initiatives are already helping to create food security for all in the future?

Join CityHive, SFU Public Square and SFU’s Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue for another #DistantNotDisengaged session and dig into all things food (literally and metaphorically). We invite you to arrive on the call with food prepared, and enjoy getting to know others on the call by sharing a virtual meal together. You’ll be joined by “lunch leaders”—folks from across the region who work in food security, policy and equity—to chat over your meals in a breakout room, followed by a panel discussion.

Thu, 06 Aug 2020

12:00 - 1:15 p.m. (PT)

Online Event

Distant, Not Disengaged

Distant, Not Disengaged was created as an experimental and innovative online event series to illuminate the urgent issues and opportunities arising from the COVID-19 pandemic. The series was a collaboration between SFU Public Square, the SFU Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue and community partner CityHive.

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Dr. Tammara Soma

Dr. Tammara Soma MCIP RPP is an Assistant Professor at the School of Resource and Environmental Management (Planning Program) at SFU and a food system planner. She is also the Research Director of Food Systems Lab, a social innovation research lab covering issues from farm to table and beyond.



Abra Brynne – Executive Director, Central Kootenay Food Policy Council

Abra grew up on a farm in BC’s Okanagan Valley, where her family of 13 raised a large portion of their food needs and were members of a local tree fruit marketing cooperative. She has worked closely with farmers and on food systems for thirty years, and is the Executive Director of the Central Kootenay Food Policy Council.

Dawn Morrison – Director, Working Group on Indigenous Food Sovereignty

Dawn is of Secwepemc ancestry and is the Founder/Curator of the Working Group on Indigenous Food Sovereignty. Since 1983 Dawn has worked and studied horticulture, ethno-botany, adult education, and restoration of natural systems in formal institutions, as well as through her own personal and community healing and learning journey. Following the years she spent teaching Aboriginal Adult Basic Education, Dawn has been dedicating her time and energy to land based healing and learning which led her to her life's work of realizing herself more fully as a developing spirit-aligned leader in the Indigenous food sovereignty movement.

Dawn has consistently organized and held the space over the last 15 years for mobilizing knowledge and networks towards a just transition from the basis of decolonizing food systems in community, regional and international networks where she has become internationally recognized as a published author. Dawn's work on Decolonizing Research and Relationships is focused on creating a critical pathway of consciousness that shines a light on the cross-cultural interface where Indigenous Food Sovereignty meets, social justice, climate change and regenerative food systems research, action and policy, planning and governance.

Some of the projects Dawn is leading include: Wild Salmon Caravan, Indigenous Food and Freedom School, Dismantling Structural Racism in the Food System, and Tsilhqot’in National Government Food Security/Sovereignty Project.

Christina Lee – Special Projects, Hua foundation

Christina is a 2.5 generation settler of the Cantonese diaspora, living on unceded territories including the lands of the three title-holding Nations: the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), skx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səlílwətaʔ/sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh). As a member of the hua foundation team, Christina wears many different hats, from program and systems building to community research and consulting. She is an anti-racism and care ethics advocate, photographer, and lover of dogs.

Further Reading

Distant, Not Disengaged Final Report

Learn about the series’ impact on community connection and dialogue in this report featuring testimonials, media highlights, supporting resources and more.


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